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The scope for pavement porters: addressing the challenges of last-mile parcel delivery in London

The scope for pavement porters: addressing the challenges of last-mile parcel delivery in London
The scope for pavement porters: addressing the challenges of last-mile parcel delivery in London
The UK parcel sector generated almost £9 billion in revenue in 2015, with growth expected to increase by 15.6% to 2019 and is characterised by many independent players competing in an ‘everyone-delivers-everywhere’ culture leading to much replication of vehicle activity. With road space in urban centres being increasingly reallocated to pavement widening, bus and cycle lanes, there is growing interest in alternative solutions to the last-mile delivery problem. We make three contributions in this paper: firstly, through empirical analysis using carrier operational datasets, we quantify the characteristics of last-mile parcel operations and demonstrate the reliance placed on walking by vehicle drivers with their vans being parked at the curbside for, on average 60% of the total vehicle round time; secondly we introduce the concept of ‘portering’ where vans rendezvous with porters who operate within specific geographical ‘patches’ to service consignees on-foot, potentially saving 86% in driving distance on some rounds and 69% in time; finally, we highlight the wider practical issues and optimisation challenges associated with operating driving and portering rounds in inner urban areas.
Last-mile delivery, Parcel logistics
0361-1981
1-13
Allen, Julian
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Friday, Adrian
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Piecyk, Maja
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Nguyen, Thuba
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Allen, Julian, Bektas, Tolga, Cherrett, Thomas, Bates, Oliver, Friday, Adrian, Mcleod, Fraser, Piecyk, Maja, Piotrowska, Marzena, Nguyen, Thuba and Wise, Sarah (2018) The scope for pavement porters: addressing the challenges of last-mile parcel delivery in London. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 1-13. (doi:10.1177/0361198118794535).

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Abstract

The UK parcel sector generated almost £9 billion in revenue in 2015, with growth expected to increase by 15.6% to 2019 and is characterised by many independent players competing in an ‘everyone-delivers-everywhere’ culture leading to much replication of vehicle activity. With road space in urban centres being increasingly reallocated to pavement widening, bus and cycle lanes, there is growing interest in alternative solutions to the last-mile delivery problem. We make three contributions in this paper: firstly, through empirical analysis using carrier operational datasets, we quantify the characteristics of last-mile parcel operations and demonstrate the reliance placed on walking by vehicle drivers with their vans being parked at the curbside for, on average 60% of the total vehicle round time; secondly we introduce the concept of ‘portering’ where vans rendezvous with porters who operate within specific geographical ‘patches’ to service consignees on-foot, potentially saving 86% in driving distance on some rounds and 69% in time; finally, we highlight the wider practical issues and optimisation challenges associated with operating driving and portering rounds in inner urban areas.

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Accepted/In Press date: 6 February 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 3 September 2018
Keywords: Last-mile delivery, Parcel logistics

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Local EPrints ID: 420275
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/420275
ISSN: 0361-1981
PURE UUID: bf9243a7-495b-4bc1-bbe0-0ea995f3198d
ORCID for Tolga Bektas: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0634-144X
ORCID for Fraser Mcleod: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5784-9342

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Date deposited: 03 May 2018 16:30
Last modified: 07 May 2019 04:01

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